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Date Registered: 10-2013
Location: Melbourne
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Morning Fellas,

Davyfella here. I have got to that midpoint in my life where I decided to either get a motorbike or a girlfriend.

One of them was dangerous, exciting and would probably kill me, the other one was a motorbike. Much that I like the idea of something hot and throbbing between my legs, (I'm still talking about the motorbike) I thought that something comfortable, reliable and warm would be better, (That's why I married her)

So, as K Rudd and his cronies are gone, and the risk of the Fringe Benefit tax on car leases being lifted I have decided to sign up for a Salary Sacrifice deal through work.

I am due to pick up my new TL in Flint sometime over the next few days.
I have never had the chance to be able to pick the top spec model before, I have always had to drive around with those blanked-off switches of shame.

You know, those little blank pieces of plastic where there should be a switch if you hadn't been so tight and bought the poverty spec model.

I got such a good deal on the model ($36,000) I even managed to go mad on the options list.

TL Diesel manual, with Nissan Nudge bar, spotlights, sidesteps and rear spoiler is on it's way.

Oh, I've just remembered, I haven't actually taken one for a test drive yet. We went to go look at a Mitsubishi Outlander but thought it was a bit plasticy. The wife saw a banner across the road advertising an X Trail clearance sale and asked what they were. So I pointed one out and she thought they looked ok.

So, What are they like to drive?

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2013 TL Diesel Manual,
Nudge bar, spotlights, side steps, towbar, spoiler.
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Date Registered: 06-2008
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
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Hi Dave and welcome to the forum.

Your member number is X-3353

Glad to have you as a formal member.

Your post has automatically granted you Regular Membership status and access to most (but not all) forum sections. You now have the option to upgrade to Full Membership to gain access to all forum sections (details HERE).

There is a lot of useful information around the various threads and I am sure you will be quite busy reading it all.

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Let us know if you need any help with any aspect of the forum and we will be more than happy to assist.

We have set-up quite an extensive forum guide section which you may like to refer to for help and it can be found HERE

As a new member you are encouraged you to familiarize yourself with the following section of the forum: Site Navigation & Forum Guides

If you could update your location and add your name and X Trail model into your signature in the Miscellaneous section of the Control Panel it would help us all to answer any future questions you might have.

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HERE is my D22 Navara
HERE is my old 2008 T31, ST Series1

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Date Registered: 10-2013
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Gday mate,

I only just got my 2009 model and its a dream to drive. When I work in Sydney we hire the base model of the new ones and the are quite nice too. Not to shabby in the traffic of Bankstown and Sydney.

Just to let you know, I have gone from a Mazda3 to the X-Trail, so im not too experienced with the SUV's.

Where in West Melbourne you from?

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Date Registered: 10-2013
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Where in West Melbourne you from?





I'm in Keilor East.

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Excellent - very comfortable and warm (in winter) AND it throbs a little when you plant your foot down.

We recently towed a camper trailer 11,000km in 2 months halfway around Australia without any backache or troubles. 8.5lit/100km fuel @ 105kmph. in 6th gear (T31 Diesel Auto)

When I migrated from a Lancer, I noticed other road users respected me far more more because of the vehicle size and the more aggressive stance an X-trail has.
Remember it's higher than ordinary dull cars and can roll easier if you drive dangerously.

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Date Registered: 10-2013
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I finally took delivery on Saturday.

Wow, what a car! I'm not a new convert to diesels having been brought up on them in Europe so no surprises there for me. The build quality is excellent, light years from an old Datsun 120Y I had 25 years ago. The wife had her first drive in it today. after struggling to work out what to do with the keyless entry and start malarky, she took to it like a duck to water. We are both glad we got the manual gearbox as it is such a precise and smooth gear change and the ratios are well spaced to keep the engine in the torque curve. I'm not sure that first is low enough. (I know these are not serious off roaders but the Td4 Freelander I drove in the UK had a low first gear which could be used as a crawler gear and 2nd was just right for pulling away in.

I'm not sure if it is because of the wide bling 18' wheels or the electric power steering but when accelerating out of junctions, the steering doesn't like to self-center and it tends to track on road ridges (a bit like torque steer)

Just a few niggles I found, but that was down to the apprentice nob jockey in Brighton Nissan who fitted the dealer fit options

Forward camera in radiator grille left unplugged.
Nudge bar fitted on the piss. 5/8" lower on left hand side compared to RHS
Spot lamp wiring looms left resting on sharp metal edges inside engine bay (no grommets or ty wraps)
2 loose bolts on side steps
Trailer wiring loom trapped against sharp metal edge (no grommets).

So, if they think I am taking it back there for the servicing they can whistle for it.

So. lets go turn some Diesel into noise!


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Date Registered: 10-2013
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It is interesting that your ex-girlfriend liked the looks of the car.
My wife loves it too and think it is definitely macho and "sexy" (and she is 77 and drives like Jacquelin Brabham)

My 2009 TI (17" alloy wheels) steering centers perfectly so there may be a problem with yours or your choice of tyres. The standard tyres originally fitted are relatively basic and not very suitable for outback roads or mud. You might find that the steering centering gets better when the tread wears down a bit.

When you replace them use a light truck rated tyre with thicker stronger wall ratings. They are just a quiet and smooth on a normal road.
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